- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota teacher has claimed a $100,000 Powerball prize.

North Dakota lottery officials say Grand Forks resident Ruth Pederson claimed her prize Tuesday. Pederson matched four white balls and the Powerball in Saturday’s drawing to win the game’s $50,000 prize. An option she purchased doubled the amount.

Pederson says she realized she had won the $100,000 Monday, the same day classes began at her school. She says “it was the perfect start to the school year.”

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot sits at $154 million for the next drawing, on Wednesday.

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